May 25, 2010

IBD Rips ‘Mob Rule from SEIU’; Media Virtually AWOL

banker_protesttopInvestors Business Daily called attention to an alarming story that goes back to Sunday, May 16 in a Monday evening editorial.

A protest noticed by the target’s next-door neighbor who happened to be home at the time, namely journalist Nina Easton (who also took the photo at right), occurred in a Metro DC suburb in Maryland marked the next round of a national labor union’s attempt at persuasion through intimidation.

IBD concisely describes what happens, and why it should cause so much concern:

Mob Rule From SEIU

On May 16, Washington, D.C., police escorted 14 busloads full of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members at least part of the way to storm the Chevy Chase, Md., home of Bank of America’s deputy legal counsel, Greg Baer.

Some 500 protestors affiliated with SEIU and their allies in the community organizing group National Political Action (NPA) trampled his lawn, blocked his doorway to his home and screamed “greed.” Legally, it was burglary, trespassing and, possibly, assault.

But Maryland cops didn’t enforce the law. And Baer had to brave the insult-hurling mob alone to rescue his 14-year old son who, home alone, had locked himself in the bathroom in fear.

But there was one thing these thugs didn’t count on — a credible journalist next door who reported what happened.

Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton wrote about what happened and asked SEIU spokesman Stephen Lerner to explain.

His response was chilling: “People in powerful corporations seem to think they can insulate themselves from the damage they are doing,” Lerner said, implying that physical intimidation was indeed the intent.

… What’s important here is that these mobs act with near impunity and lash out at critics like Easton. What Stern calls “the persuasion of power” is identical to the violent means of maintaining political order in Cuba and Venezuela.

It’s going full blast in the U.S. now as the party in power loses popularity. That’s a bad sign that democracy itself is under attack.

Other reports at BigJournalism.com and BigGovernment.com indicate that a Huffington Post blogger was on hand to chronicle the goings-on and that a police escort was provided by Metro DC Police (there is dispute as to whether the escort stopped at the DC-Maryland border or was also present at Baer’s home).

Establishment media silence has been, to use a word employed by Archy Cary at BigJournalism.com, “deafening”:

  • Searches on “Baer” and “Easton” at the Associated Press’s main site return nothing relevant and nothing relevant, respectively.
  • Searches on “Baer” and “Easton” at the New York Times return nothing relevant and nothing relevant, respectively.
  • Cary at BigJournalism.com used “deafening” to describe the Washington Post’s silence on the mob just before 7 PM Pacific Time. That’s an appropriate descriptor, given that there is also nothing relevant at the post in searches on “Baer” and “Easton.”

Mob rule and tyranny advance when the people who supposedly pride themselves on speaking truth to power stay silent. In effect even if not by intent, this makes them co-conspirators.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Name That Party: Kwame Kilpatrick (Dem, Former Detroit Mayor) Gets Up to 5-Year Sentence (See Update)

NameThatPartyKwameKilpatrickThe order of just desserts that many of us hoped was on its way to Detroit serendipitously arrived today, in the form of a stiffer-than expected sentence of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for violating the terms of his probation — so severe that, for perhaps the first time in his life, Kwame and his clan are, to borrow from Elvis, all shook up.

It’s too bad that readers of Associated Press dispatches can’t hand out sentences dictating that certain journalists be prevented from accessing a computer keyboard or other data entry device to publish anything for public consumption for as least as long (5 years) as Kilpatrick’s maximum potential time in jail. If they had that power, the AP’s Corey Williams would be guilty as charged for “waiting 8 paragraphs to identify the party affiliation of a major political figure involved in crime and/or corruption.” If the sentence seems too harsh, recall that Williams is an at least one-time repeat offender, having co-authored an AP dispatch in April (noted by yours truly at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) that avoided mentioning Kilpatrick’s Democratic Party pedigree at all.

Here are the first seven paragraphs of Williams’s wimp-out (HT to an e-mailer, who also helpfully points out that Kilpatrick’s mom, Carolyn Kilpatrick, is a Michigan congressperson, a relationship that has almost never been mentioned in any story about Kwame’s calamities). Note the arrival — finally — of the aforementioned just desserts in the final excerpted paragraph:

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Hats off to Judge Groner. Team Kilpatrick’s arguments that the former mayor was in effect “too important to jail” have long since become totally intolerable to those of us who would rather see Detroit and Southeastern Michigan get cleaned up and turned around than descend further into corruption and decay.

Brickbats go to Williams, the Associated Press, and so many other establishment media outlets that have almost always refused to tag Kilpatrick as the Democrat that he is.

Previous NewsBusters and BizzyBlog posts on Kilpatrick show more of Kilpatrick’s sordid history, as well as multiple examples of shameless Hide That Party journalism.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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UPDATE, 2PM: An updated and longer Corey Williams AP story (saved here at web host for future reference purposes) waits 21 paragraphs to flag Kilpatrick as a Democrat. My original tipster believes that earlier versions of AP’s report included no party reference for Kilpatrick.

UPDATE 2, 2:10 p.m.: A version earlier than the one used in the original post above (saved here at web host for future reference purposes) did NOT tag Kilpatrick as a Dem.

Lightning and Lengthy Links (052510, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:34 am

Lightning Links:

  • Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner — “The gathering revolt against government spending”
  • Bob Owens at Pajamas Media — “He (Calderon) Didn’t Just Lie About Arizona: Calderon Fibbed About Assault Weapons, Too; His claim that 80% of the guns seized in Mexico came from the U.S. is widely debunked nonsense.”
  • Deb Saunders — “Mexico City, Washington Gang up on Phoenix”
  • Doug Ross — “The Obama Campaign to Strip Israel of its Last Line of Defense Continues”
  • Mark Tapscott at Washinton Examiner’s OpinionZone — “Ag Department shuts down embarrassing subsidies database”
  • At the Politico on May 5, largely ignored since — “Obama biggest recipient of BP cash”
  • Jeff Poor at NewsBusters — “ABC News Attempts to Align Climate Change Skeptics with White Supremacists.” Zheesh.

Lengthy (But Worth It) Links:

  • At New York Magazine — “Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus; Psychoanalyzing one of America’s most dysfunctional relationships.” This is classic overanalysis of a pretty simple situation. Wall Street was fooled by the Obama’s slickness, and thought Obama and his peeps were lefties who would moderate once in office. They didn’t do their due diligence. Now they find themselves faced with a Punk President and a Gangster Government.
  • Steven Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies — “Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population.” Sobering.

Positivity: ‘Of Gods and Men’ nabs second prize at Cannes festival

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:02 am

From Cannes, France:

May 25, 2010 / 01:12 am

At the end the prestigious 12-day Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, a film on a group of French monks who were martyred in Africa during the 1990s won the event’s second highest honor.

“Of Gods and Men,” a film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, centers around the true story of seven Cistercian monks who were taken hostage and murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. Though the monks were told to return to their native France, the group refused and chose to remain in the conflict-torn region of the Algerian mountains, knowing that they would be martyred.

On Sunday, the movie was awarded the “Grand Prix” honor, which is the festival’s second highest prize.

Kate Muir, a film critic for the London-based Times Online, called the film the “most intensely passionate” one of the Cannes event, and according to her, during the movie’s premier the “audience wept.”

In her May 19 review, Muir discussed Beauvois’ depiction of the monks, who lived contemplative lives in the service of the poor in the Atlas Mountains. In the film, the seven men build strong friendships with their surrounding community and live in relative peace until conflict arises between the local government and extremist groups. Though the monks are advised by everyone involved to leave, each one decides to stay and is eventually held hostage and murdered by the fundamentalists. …

Go here for the rest of the story.